Booking's now open for this year's Big Experiment Arbrawf Mawr folk weekend on Anglesey in September. There's more detail on the Big Experiment page here where you can find out more, meet the tutors and book your tickets. More details of the afternoon workshops and the full timetable will be published soon.
The late Dr. Meredith Evans, Cat Stevens and Loudon Wainwright III will be honoured at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, to be broadcast live from Cardiff tonight (April 22) .
Mered, who died in February at the age of 95, will be honoured with a Good Tradition Award which is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the folk music of the UK.
Cat Stevens (Yusuf) and Loudon Wainwright III will also receive Lifetime Achievement awards for their contributions to the industry.
Among the performers at the awards ceremony at the Wales Millenium Centre will be 9Bach, who have been nominated for the best album.
You can read more about the Folk Awards here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32397847
There's an appreciation of Merêd's life and work here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/meredydd-evans-writer-and-broadcaster-who-devoted-his-life-and-career-to-the-cultural-and-linguistic-health-of-his-beloved-wales-10187786.html
FREE FOLK PERFORMANCES on the Glanfa stage at the Wales Millennium Centre
14:45-15:15 Dan Bettridge
15:45-16:15 Kizzy Crawford
16:45-17:15 Aled Rheon
17:45-18:15 The Gentle Good (with string quartet)
Artists' Showcase Times and Rooms : Amserau a Lleoliadau Artistiaid.
Welsh music is off to the US next week to showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.
Kizzy Crawford, Lowri Evans, Chris Jones and Gwyneth Glyn all have official showcases at the huge event, the biggest trade fair for folk and traditional music. The Horizons Suite will host additional showcases featuring UK acts and guests.
The conference hosts two thousand showcases over four days, and the Welsh artists and trac staff supporting them are part of a bigger British delegation under the banner Horizons - A World of Music from the UK & Ireland.
trac Director Danny KilBride said "trac has been working on this for some years - attending the conference, building relationships with contacts overseas and preparing the way for Welsh acts. We're looking forward to sharing just some of the talent Wales has to offer."
It's all been made possible by funding from the Arts Council of Wales' Music Industry Development Fund and Wales Arts International. Our partners in the delegation are British Underground, which helps promote UK music abroad, and the English Folk Dance & Song Society and Generator Northern Ireland who are also taking out a number of acts.
Described as a 'Major talent in any language', play listed on BBC Radio and quoted as a 'Wonderful Singer Songwriter' by Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, Lowri Evans is like one of those rare gold nuggets, not often found, nestling within the Welsh valleys.
Nominated for Welsh Artist of the Year and having performed with artists such as Cara Dillon and Martin Simpson, her songs take their musical colours from a broad palette that includes folk, country and blues. www.lowrievansofficial.co.uk
Wednesday 18th - 22.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Thursday 19th - 00.00 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Saturday 21st - 19.00 official showcase, Liberty
- 22.30 in the round with Rosie Hood at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Kizzy's dazzling talent is sure to make her a major star. trac recently took her to Canada as part of Music PEI's showcase festival and we're looking forward to introducing Folk Alliance delegates to this truly original young artist. www.kizzymerielcrawford.com
Thursday 19th - 01.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Saturday 21st - 14.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
- 19.00 official showcase , Roanoke
- 00.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Chris describes himself as "a contemporary Welsh folk balladeer who sings songs in Welsh and English, from the traditions of the British Isles and further afield". Said BBC Radio Wales presenter Adam Walton “When Chris recorded a session for BBC radio, the yearning, unaffected beauty of his songs – the truth in his rich baritone - reduced the battle-hardened engineers and production staff to tears.” Sain Records
Wednesday 18th - 01.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Thursday 19th - 14.00 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Friday 20th - 14.30 ITR with David Llewellyn at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Saturday 21st - ITR with Vincent Cross at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
- 21.00 official showcase, Roanoke
"Her Lyrics have a simplicity of language and imagery: there’s a poet here who is able to leave words and images hanging in the memory…. She has a fine feel for the art of songwriting as well as the wind, trees and landscape of Wales that inform her music and emotions.” – Frazer Cains, LWCLl gwynethglyn.com
Thursday 19th - 15.00 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)
Saturday 21st - official showcase at Folk Music Canada
The Horizons Suite will also be hosting performances by other performers from the UK and Eire plus guests from the USA and Canada, including
• Friday 20th at 14.30: Mountain Ash born singer-songwriter David Llewellyn, winner of the John Lennon Award and now based in Nashville www.davidllewellyn.com
• Saturday 21st at 15.30: Darren Eedens, a young singer-songwriter from Toronto, who's now resident in Cardiff darreneedens.bandcamp.com
All the Horizons showcases are in our calendar - click here to see and share
Looking forward to seeing you at the Horizons Suite or official showcases, or come and meet us at the trade fair, Stand 202
trac's first course especially designed for young people begins this weekend. Sold out and over-subscribed, we're delighted to welcome 35 young musicians, singers and cloggers to the Urdd's centre at GlanLlyn on the shores of Bala Lake for a four-day course with tutors Bethan Rhiannon, Patrick Rimes and Gwenan Gibbard.